Outcome

Acrylic On Water Colour Paper

2016

Outcome is about my attempt to be part of the Japanese identity through the traditional Japanese art of paper folding known as Origami.

 

Having a Japanese family name, I am part Japanese but have never identified myself as one. Born and raised in Singapore to a mixed heritage family, I have always felt that I could not be sorted into a particular race. In hopes to find a place where I could get the sense of belonging that i was longing for, I travelled to Japan.

 

The best-known model of Origami is the Japanese paper crane. I wanted to learn how to fold the Japanese paper crane but with only written instructions and no physical guidance as a reflection of me being part Japanese only on papers and had not grown up in a Japanese-cultured environment. The end results were anomalies of the Japanese crane.

 

These Japanese paper crane anomalies mirror how I too am an anomaly to Japan and its people. 

This artwork was exhibited in Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice